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Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same two grapes, along with Pinot Meunier, are used to make Champagne.

Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

The northern Rhône Valley is responsible for single-varietal Syrah, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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    Pommery Cuvee Louise (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
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    • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (1.5 L) 1990 Front Label
      Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (1.5 L) 1990
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    • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
      Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (3 Liter Bottle) 1990  Front Label
      Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (3 Liter Bottle) 1990
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      • Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle La Lumiere du Millenaire (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
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      • Pommery Brut Vintage (1.5 L) 1990
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        • Deutz Cuvee William Deutz Brut Millesime (1.5L) 1990 Front Label
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          • Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Reserve (1.5 L) 1990
            Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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            • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1990  Front Label
              Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Audion de Dampierre Family Reserve Brut Grand Cru (1.5L magnum) 1990 Front Label
              Audion de Dampierre Family Reserve Brut Grand Cru (1.5L magnum) 1990
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              • Chateau La Louviere (1.5L Magnum) 1990 Front Label
                Chateau La Louviere (1.5L Magnum) 1990
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau du Cayrou Cahors (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
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                Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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                  Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum - signs of past seepage) 1990
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
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                • Krug Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
                  Krug Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
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                • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle (3 Liter Bottle) 1990 Front Label
                  Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle (3 Liter Bottle) 1990
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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